Dr Laura Lopez-Fernandez

Convenor, Graduate & International Student Adviser (Spanish)

Qualifications: PhD. Univ. of Kansas (Lawrence) Spanish Poetry; M.A. (2 years) Univ. of Colorado (Boulder); B.A. Spanish Philology (5 years) Univ. of Santiago, Spain; Bachelor of International Relations Univ. of Santiago, Spain.

School of Arts


About Laura

After finishing my BA in Spanish Philology (5 years) and a Bachelor in International Relations by the Univ. of Santiago de Compostela, Spain, I was offered a prestigious scholarship for International Graduate students at the University of Boulder, CO and then at the University of Lawrence, KS. My Ph.D. dissertation in Spanish poetry was awarded with Honours (1997).

My academic experience comprises more than ten years in the American University system where I began as Assistant Professor of Spanish and achieved tenure and promotion to Associate Professor. After that, I accepted an appointment as Programme Director at the University of Canterbury to build the Spanish Programme from scratch (2003-2012) and since then I am developing the undergraduate and postgraduate programme of Spanish at the University of Waikato.

My research interests include Experimental Poetry and Society (Concrete, Visual, Sound, Fractal, Hypermedia), Exile and Identity in the Hispanic World, Spanish influences in Asia-Pacific, Spanish L 2, and Galician Studies. I have been invited to international conferences and also as keynote speaker on different aspects of literature at different universities in Spain, Mexico, Australia, Brussels, China, Philippines, US, etc.  I have organized international conferences on literature and on Spanish language in the US and in NZ.

I have received several research grants which led to relevant book publications and I also contributed to collaborative research projects funded by external institutions such as Conaculta and FCE (Mexico). I am regularly invited to write book reviews for prestigious journals such as Hispanofila, and Bulletin of Spanish Studies.

I have a strong publication record with five sole authored books, two edited books, more than twelve book chapters in scholarly books and numerous articles in peer-reviewed literary journals such as Anales de la literatura española contemporánea; Contemporary Poetry from Europe and the Americas. FMLS Oxford Journal; Ínsula. Revista de Letras y Ciencias Humanas; Contemporary Galician Cultural Studies: Between the Local and the Global (eds.) Kirsty Hooper and Manuel Puga Moruxa; Tonos. Revista Electrónica de Estudios Filológicos; Ars-Interpres. An International Journal of Poetry; Espéculo. Revista de Estudios Literarios; Voces Hispanas; Revista de Literatura Mexicana Contemporánea, Tintas. Quaderni di Letterature Iberiche e Iberoamericane. Experimental; etc.

I have co-edited two books of essays: Exile and Identity in the Hispanic World during the 20th Century: Reflections and Representations, and El currículo de E/LE en Asia-Pacífico: Selección de artículos del I Congreso de Español como lengua extranjera en Asia-Pacífico); I am the director of the journal Experimental Poetics and Aesthetics and have launched and coordinated the Julio Campal Experimental Poetry Collection (US and UC).The collection focuses on Luso Hispanic materials and their different languages such as Spanish, Catalan, Gallego, Portuguese, etc. The items –rare books, artists’ books, objectual poetry, small editions - are collected for their typography, illustrations, and book production techniques as much as for their content. The items can be browsed by visiting the Spanish subject guide, or by searching the catalog using Campal as a keyword search term.

In the domain of Academic Spanish and Teaching Spanish as a second language, I was invited to join the Advisory Committee of the CELEAP (2009-2014), a consortium of Asian-Pacific Universities, created to review the Spanish curriculum in Asia-Pacific. During that time the CELEAP organized several international conferences in Manila, published books and other research materials.

My teaching practice involves courses on campus with current technology such as Moodle, E-learning, Panopto (video capture management software), and modules for other universities through teleconference and e-learning. I have received several Teaching and Research Awards and I am currently coordinating a research grant project on Mapping Experimental Literature in the Hispanic World.

For more info please see my CV:



European Union; Language/Literacy/Linguistics; Latin American Literature; Spanish

Iberian & Latin American poetry. Experimental Poetry.

Research Interests

My main field of research is Experimental and Intermedia poetry in the Luso-Hispanic world. The study of representative genres in this field includes non-canonical styles such as visual poetry, fractal poetry, sound poetry, installations, typographic poetry, biopoetry, cybernetic poetry, etc.  This field of studies asks for a redefinition of poetry in the 21st century and for a review of the literary canon and its historiography. I also conduct research in Galician Studies, and Teaching & Learning Spanish.

I welcome research supervisions on all of the above topics.

Peer-reviewed publications include five sole-authored books, book chapters and articles in specialized journals. Recent books include Expresión y Experimentación en la poesía no discursiva en España y Cuba (in press); Poesía Visual y Experimental: Estudios Críticos (2014) and Form and Perception in Visual Poetry (2008). In the area of digital humanities, I have launched and coordinated the Julio Campal Experimental Poetry Collection (US), the intl. journal Experimental Poetics and Aesthetics (NZ), and the book of essays Exile and Identity in the Hispanic world among others. Recent contributions to international literary projects include Historia Crítica de la poesía mexicana (F.C.E. & CONACULTA Mex. 2015),  and La poesía actual en el espacio público (Edit. Orbis Tertius, 2015). I am a member of several editorial boards and I have been the recipient of several teaching and research awards.

Forthcoming Publications

Expresión y Experimentación en la poesía no discursiva en España y Cuba. CIPPCE. USC, Spain.

“Paremias xeocosmolóxicas de predicción do tempo en galego e maorí” Cadernos de Fraseoloxía Galega. University of Santiago de Compostela

Rev. of Valente Vital (Ginebra, Saboya, Paris). Claudio Rodríguez Fer (ed.) Bulletin of Spanish Studies.

Rev. of Spanish Contemporary Poetry. Hispanic Texts. Diane Cullell (ed.) Bulletin of Spanish Studies.

Recent Publications

  • Lopez-Fernandez, L. (2017). Expresión y experimentación en la poesía no discursiva en España y Cuba (Expressiveness and experimentation in Spain and Cuban non-discursive poetry) (Vol. 4). Spain: Universidade de Santiago de Compostela.

  • Lopez-Fernandez, L. (2016). Poeticas y politicas de lo marginal: El caso de la poesia experimental [Poetics and politics of the marginal: The case of experimental poetry]. In Rethinking 21st Hispanism from the Periphery. Conference held at University of Melbourne, Australia.

  • Lopez-Fernandez, L. (2016). ABCDario: Cuatro obras iconoclastas en la época de la post-escritura (ABCDario: Four iconoclastic works in the post-writing age). In XII Biennial Conference of the Association of Iberian and Latin American Studies of Australasia (AILASA): Transforming Legacies. Conference held at Massey University, Albany, Auckland, New Zealand.

  • Lopez-Fernandez, L. (2016). [Review of Spanish contemporary poetry: An anthology by Diana Cullell]. Bulletin of Spanish Studies, 93(6), 1088-1089.

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Papers Taught


I have supervised several theses in the past. As main supervisor of a M.A. thesis "Vicente Huidobro and the two souls of Romanticism" (UC, 2013) I congratulate Tim Bowron for his excellent research work. This thesis was awarded with Distinction.

I am external supervisor of Spanish language, linguistics and literature theses for other NZ universities and an external examiner of PhD dissertations in Spanish and Galician studies by invitation from Spanish universities (University of La Coruña, UCLM (Albacete), University of Santiago de Compostela).

I have had research assistants in a number of projects. Currently, I am coordinating a digital research project "A digital mapping of Experimental Poetry in the Hispanic World" .

Contact Details

Room: I.3.03